I recently made an easy, relaxing venture to Black Pond in Meriden/Middlefield, CT. It was easier to get to than I originally expected and there is a parking area for cartop carriers as well as limited access to Boat trailer parking. Location does have a designated small boat launch/access area also. The pond was very interesting for relaxing exploring as well as some fishing I got a chance to sneak in. It is bordered by some high rock cliffs and rock deposits. Taking my paddling around the pond I saw some serious turtles and frogs hidden among the lily pads, of which there are plenty in numerous spots. The pond was pretty quiet and an easy paddle but had interesting wildlife including a pretty docile family of swans who made their hasty retreat into thick vegetation whenever my approach seemed to close for their comfort. The Meriden airport is not to far away so several planes and helicopters graced and observed the lake activity including a friendly chopper who circled and dipped to acknowledge our connection!
There was a lot of birdlife activity with Orioles and yellow goldfinches flitting back and forth as well as cliff swallows and possibly swifts fling overhead and around the water surface in search of bugs of which there were no shortage. I can recommend this pond to those who appreciate quiet simple paddles for a few hour visits and exploration trips. There are Port a Potty type structures near the Boat launch area apparently maintained by the DEP who also is working at restoring this pond for quality fishing experiences.
Portable Toilets available -maintained by CT DEP I believe.
No entrance fee -public access- but must have Personal Floatation Devices for every boater. Also standard Connecticut Boat regulations apply for registration if electric trolling motors utilized. No Gas Motors authorized, I believe.
691 to Meriden/Middlefield exit 9 or 10 or can follow Broad Street through Meriden. Exit is on the Right side -comes up quickly with a sign for Black Pond. Entrance right off the road on the right down a small incline.
CT DEP's Connecticut Lakes & Ponds.
- Trip Duration: Day Trip
- Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water